Why Stop Site C?
There are four main reasons why we oppose Site C:
1) The construction of the dam violates the rights of the Treaty 8 First Nations, who have taken our governments to court to try to protect their rights. It also violates the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which requires free, prior, and informed consent from Indigenous Peoples for the construction of projects such as Site C on their traditional lands and territories. This dam will destroy hundreds of cultural sites, gravesites, and sacred areas, and make it impossible for the Treaty 8 and other First Nations to continue to practice their traditional ways of life. As a watershed moment for Indigenous rights, Site C must not go ahead without consent!
2) This is money we don't have, paying for power that we don't need! It's going to take British Columbians 70 years of debt to pay off the $8.8 billion (and growing) cost of building Site C. The power that we will produce is much more expensive than the power we could produce with alternative sources of energy like geothermal, and BC Hydro's own power forecasts show we won't even need the power from Site C for at least 10 years after the dam is built - giving us plenty of time to invest in some better options! The BCUC review is bringing forward many of the problems with this proposal.
3) Site C has huge environmental costs. The Joint Review Panel concluded that “the Project would likely cause significant adverse effects to migratory birds relying on valley bottom habitat during their life cycle and these losses would be permanent and cannot be mitigated.” - Joint Review Panel, p. 84. UNESCO is calling for assessment of downstream impacts of the Site C dam, with an initial report due from the federal government by Feb. 2018. The Mikisew Cree First Nation stand opposed to Site C because of the expected impacts on their territories in the Peace-Athabasca Delta and Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada’s largest National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
4) Site C will destroy incredible agricultural land. The largest-ever exclusion of land from the Agricultural Land Reserve was made by the previous BC government in 2015 to permit the flooding and destruction of valuable farmland. If Site C is cancelled, this land has the potential to become an important part of BC’s food production. This may be especially important in light of climate breakdown and loss of food production elsewhere.
If you are interested in learning more about why we oppose the dam and are determined to protect the Peace Valley, we recommend the following resources:
1) https://www.justthedamfacts.ca/ - a brand new website with clear answers to the most commonly requested facts about Site C!
2) http://www.stopsitec.org/learn_more - a clear summary of the major reasons why we oppose the dam.
3) https://www.facebook.com/SierraClubBC/videos/10154632185001429/ - watch this great video from Sierra Club BC, and then take action by signing a letter at http://sierraclub.bc.ca/take-action-centre/cant-afford-site-c/
More detailed information can also be found at the links below:
- Check out this article about impacts on farmland that summarizes Wendy Holm's Presentation to the Joint Review Panel and links to her written and power point presentation to the panel. Article at http://www.desmog.ca/2016/01/11/b-c-taxpayers-paid-millions-prime-farmland-bc-hydro-will-flood-site-c-dam
- Her submission to the Joint Review Panel : https://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/documents/p63919/96815E.pdf
- Her power point presentation: https://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/documents/p63919/97840E.pdf
Alternative sources of energy:
- BC Sustainable Energy Association You tube channel with presentations on Site C, Geothermal, Solar and others. https://m.youtube.com/user/BCSEA
- Desmog Blog's great work on geothermal energy as an alternative: https://www.desmog.ca/2014/11/25/geothermal-offers-cheaper-cleaner-alternative-site-c-dam-new-report
The lack of need for the project:
- A recent UBC report from Karen Bakker and colleagues: https://watergovernance.ca/projects/sitec/
- The Joint Review Panel Report: https://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/documents/p63919/99173E.pdf
- Article on the lack of need for the power with a quote from the Joint Commission Panel Chair, Harry Swain : http://www.desmog.ca/2016/04/13/premier-clark-s-proposal-electrify-oilsands-site-c-dam-has-air-desperation-panel-chair
- This recent op-ed from Eoin Finn: http://vancouversun.com/opinion/opinion-to-site-c-or-not-to-site-c
Some great footage of the Valley: